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St. Louis Barbecue Sauce

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St. Louis Barbecue Sauce is thinner and has more of a tangy flavor than its Kansas City cousin. Being at the crossroads St. Louis style barbecue has many influences, so there are a number of ways of making this style sauce.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes about 3 1/2 cups


  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat. Stirring occasionally and simmer for 20 minutes. Sauce should be thin, but not watery. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. Sauce is better if allow to sit for a day.
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 5 out of 5
St. Louis Barbecue Sauce with an Alaskan Twist, Member akflurry

So I make my own high bush cranberry ketchup every year from our own High Bush Cranberries. It is not a tomato-based ketchup. I used this in place of the ketchup called for in the recipe. I am originally from New Mexico and we LOVE the hot flavor of chile so I did not cut down on the cayenne. The sauce was PERFECT! Just the right amount of sweet, but spicy.

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